Spending enough time practicing with "just right" books is closely related to the amount of progress students make. During the first two weeks of school, I start my reader's workshop lessons (and add my first strategies to the CAFE menu). Here are two of my favorite books to use during my mini-lessons about "just right" books. Love Goldie Socks! She tries really hard to find a book that is "not too easy, not too hard, but JUST RIGHT". You can click on the image to check it out on Amazon.
I use this book during mini-lessons for two strategies. First, I use it during my mini-lessons about just right books. The bears in this story are also in search of a "just right" book. Again, you can click on the image below to check it out at Amazon.
Then after I finish my mini-lessons on just right books... I use this book again. I reread it with the book below to introduce text-to-text connections.